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Best Performing Natural Gas Stocks of 2021

Updated Apr 1, 2021
Natural gas is considered a better fuel than other fossil fuels because it emits lower emissions. Owing to this advantage, it has become a better choice as an energy resource. The success which America has achieved in energy reliance is also credited to discovery of shale gas and its associated business. This has led to several leading natural gas companies becoming operational in generation, transmission, storage, and supply of gas. A lot of these companies are listed on the stocks exchanges, making it easy for investors to take a shot at their performance.
Among the large variety of Natural Gas stocks, which ones generated the top returns this year? Which of those figured among the winners in the long list of Natural Gas stocks?
This article provides a list of Natural Gas stocks which have generated top returns in the year 2021 so far till date of writing. The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual Natural Gas stocks between the end of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021, and the top 10 return generating Natural Gas stocks are listed below.

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Top Natural Gas Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Natural Gas sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Summit Midstream Partners, LP (SMLP) 2) Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (CLNE) 3) Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. (BKEP) 4) PBF Logistics LP (PBFX) 5) Noble Midstream Partners LP (NBLX)
 6) Shell Midstream Partners, L.P. (SHLX) 7) Western Gas Partners, LP (WES) 8) Holly Energy Partners, L.P. (HEP) 9) Enable Midstream Partners, LP (ENBL) 10) Phillips 66 Partners LP (PSXP)

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Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

Summit Midstream Partners LP

Summit Midstream Partners, LP, incorporated on May 1, 2012, focuses on developing, owning and operating midstream energy infrastructure assets. The Companys segments include the Utica Shale, which includes its ownership ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Summit Midstream Partners LP.
The Texas, TX-based Public Utilities sector company Summit Midstream Partners, LP (SMLP) holds the number one spot among the best performing stocks of the Natural Gas sector. Classified as the Natural Gas Distribution business, the stock price of Summit Midstream Partners LP ended the previous year at a price of $12.49 per share while it reached the level of $23.65 apiece as of Apr 1, 2021 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 89.35%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $144.5 million.

Clean Energy Fuels

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. provides natural gas as an alternative fuel for vehicle fleets in the United States and Canada. The company supplies renewable natural gas (RNG), compressed natural gas (CNG), ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Clean Energy Fuels.
The California, CA-headquartered company Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (CLNE) is ranked number two among the best performing stocks of Natural Gas of 2021. The Public Utilities sector business falls under the Natural Gas Distribution industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2021, the stock price of Clean Energy Fuels has changed by 84.73 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $7.86 per share and year-to-date closing price of $14.52 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $1.56 billion to $2.89 billion during the same period. Along with Natural Gas, the company is also in the business of Public Utilities, Natural Gas Distribution, Energy, Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing, Oil, Wilshire 5000, Russell 2000, among other usual products and services. Clean Energy Fuels continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Blueknight Energy Partners

Blueknight Energy Partners, L.P., incorporated on February 22, 2007, is a master limited partnership company. The Company provides integrated terminaling, storage, gathering and transportation services for companies engaged in the ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Blueknight Energy Partners.
The Oklahoma, OK-based Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. (BKEP) belongs to the Energy sector and is categorized as a Natural Gas Distribution company. The stock of Blueknight Energy Partners ended the previous year at a price of $1.99 per share. As of Apr 1, 2021, the stock price has reached $3.42 apiece, which indicates a change of 71.86 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Natural Gas for the year 2021 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $81.98 million. It has now changed to $141.82 million as of writing.

PBF Logistics LP

PBF Logistics LP, incorporated on February 25, 2013, owns or leases, operates, develops and acquires crude oil and refined petroleum products terminals, pipelines, storage facilities and similar logistics assets. The ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of PBF Logistics LP.
During the given months of the year 2021, PBF Logistics LP (PBFX) was successful in generating YTD returns of 59.89 percentage which helped it gain the number four spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2021 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the Parsippany, NJ-based PBF Logistics LP closed at a price of $9.15 per share, while it traded at a price of $14.63 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's market cap changed from $570.6 million to $912.41 million during the same period YTD. The company is classified under the Energy industry sector and further specialized as a Natural Gas Distribution sector business.

Noble Midstream Partners LP

Noble Midstream Partners LP, incorporated on December 23, 2014, is engaged in owning, operating, developing and acquiring a range of domestic midstream infrastructure assets. The Companys areas of focus are ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Noble Midstream Partners LP.
Rank number five in the coveted list is held by Noble Midstream Partners LP (NBLX) for being among the top performing stocks of 2021. Headquartered in Texas, TX, the Energy sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Natural Gas Distribution. Since the start of the year 2021, stock of Noble Midstream Partners LP has so far gained 41.07 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $10.42 per share and year-to-date price of $14.7 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $941.45 million to $1.33 billion.

Shell Midstream Partners

Shell Midstream Partners, L.P., incorporated on March 19, 2014, is a master limited partnership company, which owns, operates, develops and acquires pipelines and other midstream assets. The Company conducts its ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Shell Midstream Partners.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands Shell Midstream Partners, L.P. (SHLX), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $10.08 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $13.94 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. It translates to a change of 38.29 percentage. The Texas, TX-headquartered Energy sector company also saw its market value change from $3.96 billion to $5.48 billion.

Western Gas Partners LP

Western Gas Partners, LP, incorporated on August 21, 2007, is a master limited partnership (MLP) that acquires, owns, develops and operates midstream energy assets. The Company is engaged in the ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Western Gas Partners LP.
Based on the market-cap change from $5.75 billion to $7.88 billion during the given months of the year 2021 and the share price change from $13.82 per share to a price of $19.08 per share as of Apr 1, 2021, Western Gas Partners, LP (WES) was successful in generating YTD returns of 38.06 percentage. Standing at the number seven rank in the top performing list of Natural Gas stocks, the Texas, TX-based Western Gas Partners LP is categorized as the Natural Gas Distribution sub-sector business which falls under the larger Public Utilities sector.

Holly Energy Partners

Holly Energy Partners, L.P., (HEP), incorporated on March 9, 2004, is engaged in the business of operating a system of petroleum product and crude pipelines, storage tanks, distribution terminals, loading ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Holly Energy Partners.
Holly Energy Partners, L.P. (HEP) has moved by 35.92 percentage over the given period of 2021-YTD, helping it gain a place at number eight among the top performing stocks. The Energy sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $14.2 apiece to the price of $19.3 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021. The smart run of the Texas, TX-based Natural Gas Distribution sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $1.5 billion to $2.04 billion over the same duration.

Enable Midstream Partners LP

Enable Midstream Partners LP, incorporated on October 12, 1993, owns, operates and develops midstream energy infrastructure assets strategically located to serve its customers. The Company operates in two business segments: ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Enable Midstream Partners LP.
Enable Midstream Partners LP (ENBL) generated percentage returns of 27.19 percent during the 2021 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $5.26 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $6.69 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $2.29 billion to $2.91 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Public Utilities speciality business with further classification in the Natural Gas Distribution sub-category. Based in Oklahoma City, OK, United States, the YTD performance of the Natural Gas sector also fared better than that of the returns generated by some of the closley tracked stock market indexes.

Phillips 66 Partners LP

Phillips 66 Partners LP (Phillips 66), incorporated on February 20, 2013, owns, operates, develops and acquires fee-based crude oil, refined petroleum product and natural gas liquids (NGL) pipelines, terminals and ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Phillips 66 Partners LP.
The number ten spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Natural Gas sector is taken by Phillips 66 Partners LP (PSXP). The company's stock price changed from $26.41 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $33.18 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 25.63 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Texas, TX-based Energy sector company was from $6.03 billion to $7.58 billion. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Natural Gas sector, the company also succeeded in outperforming the returns generated by some of the popular stock market indexes.
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